May 25, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Two West Coast Conference baseball players were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Portland senior 1B C.J. Cullen was selected to the first team, while Santa Clara junior 1B was named to the second team.
Cullen, a native of Seattle, Wash., is also minoring in mathematics and he is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Month (April). He is enjoying a career year at the plate, batting .341 with four home runs, five doubles, a triple, 32 RBI's and 37 runs scored. He is second on the team in batting average and he ranks tenth in the WCC. Cullen's defense has been stellar as he's made just three errors all season for a fielding percentage of .993.
Cullen is the first UP baseball player to land on the CoSIDA Academic All-America America First Team and he's the first to earn Academic All-America since Cory Lunde earned third-team honors in 2000. He's the third University of Portland student-athlete to earn Academic All-America this year, joining women's soccer players Danielle Foxhoven and Jessica Tsao.
A West Coast Conference All-Academic award-winner in 2009, Wagner continues to headline the list of Santa Clara's most accomplished student-athletes. He has earned a 3.8 cumulative GPA studying in the Leavey School of Business, majoring in Economics. Wagner is a native of Manhattan Beach, California and 2007 graduate of Loyola High School.
Wagner is sitting out the final 10 games of the year with injury. He is on pace to win the 2010 West Coast Conference batting title, owning a .404 average heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Not only was Wagner the league's top hitter, he made just one error in 44 games at first base. His on-base percentage of .533 ranks among the nation's best. He scored 46 runs and collected 32 RBI in 44 games.